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To mark the 30th anniversary of The Big Chill's world premiere at the Festival, we are delighted to present a sparkling 4K restoration of Lawrence Kasdan's generation-defining film, and an extended Q&A with the cast and crew — including Kasdan, actors Glenn Close and Meg Tilly, and screenwriter Barbara Benedek.
The world premiere of Lawrence Kasdan's The Big Chill in 1983 was a landmark event for the
Festival, rocketing our popularity to new heights with audiences and industry, and fostering a
tradition for star-studded Gala Presentations to come.
To mark the thirtieth anniversary of that premiere, we are delighted to present a sparkling 4K
restoration of The Big Chill — itself a landmark film for which Toronto was just the beginning.
After winning the People's Choice Award at the Festival, it would go on to herald a new wave of
intelligent, baby boomer-driven American cinema.
Original 1983 note:
Writer/director Lawrence Kasdan has
helped create some of the most popular and
successful screen entertainment in recent
years. The author of Raiders of the Lost Ark,
The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi
and the powerful drama Body Heat, which
also marked Kasdan's directorial debut, has
emerged as one of the most imaginative talents
working in Hollywood today.
The Big Chill unites a unique ensemble
of some of the fastest-rising young stars in
a provocative "comedy of values." The characters
are old college friends, members of
the sixties generation who marched against
Vietnam and felt the future was theirs.
Members of the baby-boom generation
who entered the adult world as idealistic
non-conformists, they are now, for the
most part, members of the establishment —
businessmen, journalists, television stars,
doctors, lawyers, husbands and wives.
Suddenly and unexpectedly, this group
of old friends is reunited at the funeral of
one of their friends who has committed
suicide. Stunned by the loss, each comes to
the reunion with a deep need to re-establish
the bond of caring they once shared.
Kasdan's film emerges as a bittersweet testimony to a confused generation, one
that has survived the passions of youth and
grown through painful self-awareness and
love into adulthood.
The eight actors and actresses who bring
this insightful piece to life are some of the
brightest, emerging talents in film today.
Tom Berenger (Looking for Mr. Goodbar),
Glenn Close (The World According to
Garp), Jeff Goldblum (Invasion of the
Body Snatchers), William Hurt (Body
Heat, Altered States), Kevin Kline (Sophie's
Choice), Mary Kay Place (Mary Hartman,
Mary Hartman), Meg Tilly (Psycho II), and
JoBeth Williams (Poltergeist) combine to
form an impressive ensemble that gives
The Big Chill the intensity and warmth that
- Lawrence Kasdan
- Lawrence Kasdan was born in Miami, Florida and studied
education at the University of Michigan. He sold his first
Hollywood script, The Bodyguard, nearly two decades
before the film was shot, and made his screenwriting debut
on Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back (80). He
subsequently co-wrote Raiders of the Lost Ark (81) and Star
Wars: Episode VI: Return of the Jedi (83). His many features
as writer-director include Body Heat (81), The Big Chill (83),
Silverado (85), The Accidental Tourist (88), Grand Canyon (91),
Wyatt Earp (94), and Mumford (99).